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Meet Ric

Ric Simmons
IWA President


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Weddings for Everyone
LGBTQIA+ Online Wedding Expo

2022 - Connecting couples to inclusive wedding professionals in a safe and fun environment. Couples watched "My Five Tips" presentations created exclusively for them by leading wedding professionals.
Our wedding allies had the opportunity to meet virtually with couples during the two live days!
Meet Tirah Stein
Creator of Nearly Wed Coaching
Expo Presenter

Inclusive Awareness Conference
Share the Love

2022 - After almost three years of planning and set backs from COVID, the Inclusive Awareness Conference was finally realized in 2022.
Inclusive wedding influencers and leading advocates came together for a one full day virtual event.
The first ever conference focused on inclusiveness, with a 100% LGBTQIA+ speaker lineup.
What a day!
Meet Milan Thakrar
Founder of "Work With Milan"
Events Consultancy
Amsterdam & London
Conference Speaker

Speaker of the Year
NACE - Palm Springs Chapter

2021 - In 2021 I was awarded “Speaker of the Year” by the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), Palm Springs Chapter for my presentation on “Being More Inclusive With Your Business”
A presentation based on inclusive business practices delivering a higher level of service to LGBTQIA+ couples.

Palm Springs & Southern California

Becoming an Officiant through the American Marriage Ministries (amm) has been an amazing experience working with couples planning their ceremony. Spending time to focus the conversation on each person bring them together in a celebration that represents their uniqueness and love!

Inclusive Speaker & Trainer

I experienced twenty years in the education industry training and speaking on a variety of topics. It is a natural progression to speak and train on a subject I'm very passionate about. Inclusiveness!
Speaking on a topic is one thing. Training for implementations and actions, is another.

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certified
Equally Wed Pro - 2021

Passion leads to searching for knowledge and that's exactly what lead me to Equally Wed Pro's certification program. From learning the ABC's of LGBTQ+ to pronouns, Equally Wed Pro's program continued to sharpen by inclusive thinking and understanding.

14 Stories
Gay Wedding Institute Certified - 2015

14 Stories was the first LGBTQIA+ certification program I took. Developed and taught by Bernadette Smith, it was my launching pad of inclusive training and education.